View Full Version : Mosin Nagant

November 1, 2009, 05:58 PM
Hey guys, I'm pretty new to the forum, and I was hoping to get some advice about buying a Mosin Nagant. I want one just to have fun shooting it, and maybe keep it as a collector, but I just think it's a bad ass rifle in general. So, how much do they generally cost? Are there different versions of it? How easy are they to break down? Where are the best places to buy them, pawn shops, online broker, etc? Thanks in advance.

November 1, 2009, 06:11 PM
You can find them everywhere, generally the usual ones should be under $100 for a regular 91/30 model. Some have the modified bolt and scope put on them for much more $$$ and some have the old hexagonal shaped recievers which make them more collectible.

Personally, a good bore and action is more important than how the stock looks but you can find some nice laminated stock rifles for more $$$ also.

I happen to fancy the carbine models more though, like the M44 in particular. :D

Whatever you are looking for, don't pay $200 for one like I see on auction sites because you can find them for WAY less. J&G sales has some laminated stock 91/30's for sale right now that look nice and they have the hex reciever rifles too.

Check this out for more info:


November 1, 2009, 06:12 PM
Mine is a Pristine surplus imported M44 Nagant that is hella-fun to shoot, and it cost me $75 bucks....

November 1, 2009, 06:20 PM
koolminx- where did you buy yours for $75??? Sounds like I can definatley get one for under $100 which would be awesome. Also, how easy are they to mount a scope on?

November 1, 2009, 06:25 PM
check aimsurplus.com they have some for 79.95

November 1, 2009, 06:46 PM
Thanks for the help guys.

the rifleer
November 1, 2009, 07:21 PM
check big 5, dunhams (sp?), local gun shops, gun shows... they are every where. i got mine at big 5 for $75, but the price has gone up a little.

What ever you do, don't pay more than $150 without doing some research. some are worth $200 to over $1000, but you need to be a collector and seriously know what you are buying before you shell out that much.

As said before, don't pay more than $150-200. a m91/30, m44, or m38 should cost somewhere between $50 and $150, depending on condition and where you buy it.

If you try to haggle and they wont budge lower than $150, just walk away, it not worth more than that. I might pay $200 for an ex-sniper that is in amazingly good condition or $300 for a nice Finish m39, other than that i wouldn't pay more than $150.

November 1, 2009, 09:00 PM
Here's a site that will assist you with pictures (works for me) to strip down your 91/30 or the m44. I have both and they are fun to shoot.


gun addict
November 1, 2009, 09:32 PM
There are hundreds of Mosin Nagant variations with thousands of different markings. Prices can be between $75 Refurbed M91/30 to $10,000 Original Finnish Snipers, be sure to go to 762x54R.net to learn before you commit a purchase

November 1, 2009, 10:11 PM
It's best if you can hand-pick the one you want, in my experiences with them, the bores can be good or terrible, and some have great, smooth actions, some you will end up swearing at. like stated above- know what you're buying. They've got some crap-ola going for hundreds right now. have fun looking!

November 1, 2009, 10:47 PM
Mosins come in many different configurations.
Among the best in consistent accuracy are the Finnish ones.
The M91/59 carbine is also noted for its accuracy.
The Soviet Mosins can be a crap shoot when it comes to accuracy but generally they are 3-4 MOA rifles.

November 2, 2009, 08:34 AM
Last fall I got the Mosin itch and found a walnut stocked M44 with a pristine chamber, bore, bolt, everything! I found it at a local Big 5 and it was priced at $79.95. Although Mosin Nagants right next to it in worse condition (M38s, M91/59s, and even other M44s) were priced $180-240! It turned out to be the BEST money I have ever spent on a firearm. Big 5 seems to be a good place to go, if you have them around you check them out.

Just be sure to thoroughly inspect before you buy!

November 2, 2009, 09:42 AM
Agreed. I got my 91/30 at Big 5. I waited until they were on sale and picked it up for $79.95.

chow chow
November 2, 2009, 10:10 AM
Always get the hex receiver 91.30 .

November 2, 2009, 11:49 AM
Big 5 add on sunday had them on the front page. Russian Mossin's for $99

I guess the price has gone up about 10-20 bucks from their previous sales



November 2, 2009, 01:23 PM
Lots of my thoughts here:


And to address one topic that hasn't been addressed yet...
How easy are they to break down?
Very, very, very easy by bolt-action standards. The Mosin-Nagant is a strong, simple, and crude design reminiscent of a farm implement; this is at once its greatest strength and its greatest weakness. ;)

All routine disassembly tasks can be performed with a large screwdriver, a medium-sized screwdriver, a block of hardwood (I'm not kidding), and the multi-tool, which is a teardrop-shaped doohicky with a screwdriver tip at one end and four slots in one side. The multi-tool is necessary to correctly reassemble the bolt, so make sure your rifle comes with one!

Some subassemblies and parts can be hard to remove, such as the metal escutcheons around the sling slots, the stock tabs that hold on the handguard clips, the stock reinforcing bolt, and the rear sight. However, most shooters will never have a reason to remove these parts.

November 2, 2009, 04:47 PM
Thanks for all the help and info guys! I am going to go check the local pawn shops today and see if I can find one, and there is a Big 5 here in my town, and they have them for $99 through Nov. 7th so I will go there last if I can't find one anywhere else.

November 2, 2009, 05:08 PM
I bought a carbine M44 for about $80. A real nice rifle, sturdy with a good laminate stock. This rifle will always go bang and ammo is still abundant and cheap. :)

November 2, 2009, 07:15 PM
Well, just bought the 91/30 from Big 5! Good lookin bore and the action is smooth, incredibly oily though. I will post pics soon.

November 4, 2009, 12:53 AM
Sorry for the grainy pics, my nikon is down so I used my phone cam. The wood is in pretty good shape, kinda hard to tell from the pics.





November 4, 2009, 01:38 AM
the last one i bought was 69.00 at jg sales. it was a 1929 with hex reciever all numbers matched bore was in great shape.took me about 6 hrs,to break it down and clean it really good.i took a couple of breaks. great shooter.rounds out my mosin collection pretty good..enjoy,they are cool guns..

November 7, 2009, 04:41 PM
Well I just got back from shooting my Mosin today. It shoots great!

November 7, 2009, 07:21 PM
here is my mosin m91 with original pu scope that was used in ww2, my scope wasnt used in ww2 but it was built exactly to specifications and at the same factory where the ww2 pu scopes were made, im also looking into buying the shorter mosin m44 for scopeless hunting and target shooting. here is a pic of mine.

November 17, 2009, 03:51 PM
I just found a nice Finn M39 in the 'bargain bin' @ my local pawn shop. Got it for 150 out the door!

September 9, 2014, 11:38 AM
Hey RC1986 that is my picture of my M/52 rifle

from wikipedia

Raffy, why would you use a picture of my rifle? Especially a rifle as famous as mine?

If anyone would like to see more pics, let me know.

It has the original serialized Hungarian scope which has pristine clarity and the original mount.

I have an original correct cleaning rod and bayonet as well.

These are probably among the most important parts of owning an M/52 Sniper.

September 9, 2014, 11:58 AM
If your not collecting then a M44 would be my choice.
The 762x54r is a great round and fun to shoot.
The M44 being a carbine has a pretty good kick to it but nothing a good recoil pan can't fix.
The do have recoil pads just for the Mosin style rifles.(direct replacement)
I have seen many a 91/30 or M44 with what some consider poor barrels shot very good out to 150 yards.
The actions / bolts are can be rough but with a little polishing they smooth out pretty nicely.
As for the stock trigger they can be hit or miss.
I have a couple that the triggers are crisp with little take up, others not so desirable.
There are good aftermarket triggers assemblies out there.

September 9, 2014, 12:08 PM
when you buy your rifle, please go through a good cleaning process before shooting at all. I prefer boiling water. but others have other methods which may be better. I have heard of brake cleaner etc. regardless, the nasty cosmoline HAS to come off. if you don't, before you shoot, you will never get it fully clean.

after cleaning, come here and post a pic

September 10, 2014, 06:06 AM
I think that, after nearly five years, the OP found his rifle by now...

September 10, 2014, 02:17 PM
I am sorry guys. I didn't mean to necromancy such an old thread. I was just tracking down an errant picture (bottom of previous page) used by some wierdo to scam people.

September 11, 2014, 04:24 PM
I am sorry guys. I didn't mean to necromancy such an old thread. I was just tracking down an errant picture (bottom of previous page) used by some wierdo to scam people.

It's a shame that somebody claimed your rifle as their own! You said you could show more pictures, I'd like to see some. That looks like an excellent rifle.

September 11, 2014, 05:16 PM
well I'm going to go out and say that he is no longer an active member here as the aforementioned post was the last one he ever made. he was only an active member here for 4 days as in he joined november 6th 09 and last post was november 10th 09, making me think that he was probably trolling or likely social engineering folks into giving personal info by pretending to be an avid enthusiast.

unfortunately once a picture is on the internet, it is there forever and anyone can get their hands on it with nothing more than a right-click, save as.

September 13, 2014, 11:11 AM






BTW that is not me pointing my rifle at the neighbors house. That is me pointing at my own house from the gun space in the old garage.